15 June 2016
The meaning of our staff awards
To find out what winning an AWP award really
means, we caught up with 2015 volunteers' award winner Justin
As a volunteer with the Bristol Autism Spectrum Service (BASS),
Justin worked closely with the team to help people understand and
accept autism and to give service users the support they
Justin said, "It felt like a big achievement to win the
volunteer award and to represent the BASS team on the night, who I
have great respect for and am proud to have worked for over the
past couple of years.
"The road to winning the volunteer award meant that I
sometimes had to step outside my comfort zone to help service
users. Volunteering with BASS gave me a sense of purpose, structure
and the ability to meet and help people on the autism spectrum and
promote autism in our community."
"I now have the confidence to approach members of the public and
talk to them without being frightened or worried about embarrassing
myself. I have learnt to accept myself for who I am and this has
helped me to achieve my ambitions in life."
Justin now works as a volunteer at Southmead Hospital where he
continues to support many staff including AWP teams. To find out
more about Justin's experiences and thoughts on working for BASS,
you can watch this short video clip.
Our staff awards mean a lot to a great deal of people. Not just
the winners- nominating a member of staff is a special way to say
thank you or to recognise the brilliant work they do. The person
you nominate will be informed as soon as your nomination is
So why not click
here, nominate a member of staff and make someone's